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megimoo
06-29-2009, 01:58 PM
Air Force test fires missile from Calif coast

Did the Airforce just test the ABM system against a long range Missile Target with three war heads ? He said it carried three unarmed re-entry vehicles that hit their targets near the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, some 4,200 miles away.?
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ABM interceptors
Kwajalein Meck
Launch Complex: Meck.
Kwajalein. Latitude: 9.0077 deg. Longitude: 167.7261 deg. Used by: ERIS, OBV, Payload Launch Vehicle, Spartan, Sprint. First Launch: 1968-03-30. Last Launch: 2005-12-14. Number Launches: 84. Meck Island http://www.astronautix.com/sites/kwanmeck.htm

Taurus
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Taurus
Anti-ballistic missile.
Country: USA. Status: Active.
Other Designations: Orbital Boost Vehicle.
Library of Congress Designation: GMD boost vehicle.
Manufacturer's Designation: Taurus-Lite.
Suborbital booster for the US Missile Defense Agency's Ground-based Midcourse Defense system's EKV ballistic missile kill vehicle.
The basic OBV consisted of the upper three stages and guidance system from the Taurus orbital launch vehicle (essentially a wingless Pegasus-XL). The OBV was launched from an open pad; the operational version was to be silo-launched.
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The GMD System was designed to intercept and destroy hostile ballistic missiles during their midcourse phase of flight, before their reentry into the Earth's atmosphere. The GMD 64-kg Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) employed "hit-to-kill" technology to detect, discriminate and destroy an incoming missile's warhead using only force of impact, or kinetic energy. The EKV was to be delivered to the exoatmospheric endgame conditions by the GBI boost vehicle (6 km/s velocity within three minutes to a position 2300 km in front of the incoming target warhead).

http://www.astronautix.com/lvs/obv.htm
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Stage1: 1 x Spartan ABM-1. Gross Mass: 5,000 kg (11,000 lb). Motor: 1 x TX-500. Thrust (vac): 2,000.000 kN (449,600 lbf). Length: 4.90 m (16.00 ft). Diameter: 1.09 m (3.57 ft). Propellants: Solid.
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Stage2: 1 x Spartan ABM-2. Gross Mass: 5,000 kg (11,000 lb). Motor: 1 x TX-454. Length: 5.00 m (16.40 ft). Diameter: 1.09 m (3.57 ft). Propellants: Solid.
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Stage3: 1 x Nike Zeus 3-3. Motor: 1 x TX-239. Length: 2.60 m (8.50 ft). Diameter: 0.81 m (2.65 ft). Propellants: Solid.


http://www.astronautix.com/lvs/spartan.htm